½ Gallon whole milk
½ Cup powdered milk*
½ Cup plain yogurt (full-fat or fat-free)
mixing bowl (not shown)
large thick towel (like a beach towel; also not shown)
- Pour milk into medium pot over medium heat.
- Stir in powdered milk; raise heat on stove to medium-high.
- Heat milk to 190°; stirring often and checking temperature often. This will take about 10-15 minutes, depending on your stove.
- While milk is heating - 1) plug in Crockpot; set on low; 2) Fill sink about 1-2 inches with cold water; place about 6 cups of ice in a bowl.
- When milk reaches 190°: remove pan from heat. Pour ice into sink of cold water. Then, pour heated milk into medium-size mixing bowl.**
- Cool milk to 110°: place mixing bowl into sink of cold water, stir milk occasionally, check temperature often. This will take much less time than the heating ~4-6 minutes.
- When milk reaches 110°, remove bowl from sink. Pour milk into Crockpot.
- Pour yogurt into Crockpot and stir.
- Turn off and unplug Crockpot.
- Wrap Crockpot in large, thick towel.
- Do not disturb for 8 hours.
- After 8 hours, yogurt should be thickened and ready to store.
- Store yogurt in containers in refrigerator. It will thicken a bit more in the fridge.
To serve: eat fresh from the fridge, mix with your preferred fruit, or a few drops of vanilla. My kids prefer a tsp of splenda or sugar stirred in also.
* Since powdered milk is rather granular I have found it helpful to run it through my food processor for several seconds for a finer texture. This makes for fewer "chunks" - which my children do not like.
* It is not mandatory to pour the milk into a second bowl for cooling. I do this because putting a hot pot in cold water will warp the bottom and I don't wish to warp my pots.
Here's how the prices break down for 1/2 gallon:
$0.60 1/2 cup yogurt
$1.49 1/2 gallon whole milk
$0.27 1/2 cup powdered milk =
$2.36 for 1/2 gallon of yogurt = ~$0.22/6 ounces; Cheaper than any sale I've seen.
If you've never tried making yogurt - give it a try. You'll be surprised at how easy it is. I certainly was!
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